If you want to be a master chef, then you have to master the art of the side dish. Nothing exemplifies this better than the Vegetable Hodge Podge: the side-dish king.

Baking vegetables is such a simple and delicious thing. We often take our baked veggies for granted. Not anymore! Though still simple, you won’t forget how to bake this delicious side-dish ever again. Long live the Hodge-Podge!

Vegetable Hodge Podge

Your side-dish will need

6 Carrots, peeled, cut in half and sliced on a bias
3 Red Peppers, large dice
½ lb Baby Red Potatoes, sliced
1 head Broccoli
1 head Cauliflower
½ Cup Butter
1 Tbsp Chopped Garlic
Salt + Pepper

Method

  1. Cut broccoli and cauliflower into bite size florets.
  2. In boiling salted water, blanche carrots, broccoli and cauliflower in separate batches until al
    dente. (approx. 1min 30 sec each) Place in ice water to cool.
  3. In a separate pan, combine butter and garlic and over medium-low heat cook until butter is
    melted.
  4. Coat vegetables in garlic butter, season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a baking pan.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes when ready to serve.

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This is a great summer dish for the back patio. With just the right amount of kick and freshness, you’ll devour this blackened haddock. If you prefer something a little less spicy, try adding a little bit of avocado to the pico, and soften the flavour. Not a fan of Haddock? This spice makes an excellent addition to pork and poultry, and even to other fish. If you’ve had it once, you’ll want to try it on everything. We love to bring it to summer BBQs and cook-outs.

You will Need

For the Pico de Gallo:

½ Red Bell Pepper
½ Yellow Bell Pepper
3 Tomatoes
¼ Red Onion
½ Jalapeno
¼ Cup, Chopped Cilantro
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
¼ Cup Lime Juice

Method:

  1. Remove seeds from tomatoes and dice them small along with the bell peppers, jalapeno and red onion.
  2. Combine ingredients in a bowl with lime juice,  season to taste with salt and pepper and reserve in the refrigerator for at least 20 mins

For the Blackening Spice

2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Cajun Spice
1 Tablespoon Cumin
3 Tablespoons Paprika

Method:

  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well

Blackened Haddock

4 Portions of Haddock
Blackening Spice
2 Tablespoons, Canola Oil/Olive Oil
Sea Salt

Method:

  1. Dry off salmon portions with paper towel and coat one side with about half a teaspoon of blackening spice.
  2. Place a frying pan over high heat with canola oil and heat until the oil begins to smoke. Then carefully lay the salmon into the pan spiced side down. Be careful not to over crowd your pan or the spices will not blacken.
  3. Once spices have started to blacken, flip the fish and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking until fish begins to flake apart.

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If we told you that we LOVE the ocean, would you be surprised? 😉 

The ocean covers 71 percent of the planet. It’s home to important species and ecosystems- but it’s also home to us. Our resort is nestled on the coast of Nova Scotia overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and we can’t imagine our lives without it. 

The sights, the sounds and the smells of the ocean are three of our favorite things. There’s just something so special about the ocean and the way it makes us all feel a little more calm and grounded.

Unfortunately, the ocean cannot speak for itself and it needs our help. 

Here are five things you can start doing right now to help our oceans.

Enjoying a cup of coffee (in a regular mug!) early morning at one of our ocean front cottages.

1. Use less plastic!

It’s been estimated that more than 17 billion pounds of plastic leaks into the marine environment from land-based sources every year—that’s roughly equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into our oceans every minute. Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in non-disposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, opt for no plastic straw (or a reusable straw) and recycle whenever possible.

Peggy's cove lobster selection

2. Make safe, sustainable seafood choices

Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for over-exploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable. Check with your local grocery store to find out which in-store options were sustainably caught, or ask your server where the seafood is sourced from. For a quick reference guide on safe sustainable options, click here. 

A family visiting our property and taking a stroll by the ocean.

3. Take care of the coastlines

Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, hiking or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Better yet, participate in or organize local beach cleanups. Clean Nova Scotia’s Beach Sweep program encourages and engages communities in the removal of trash and debris from shorelines throughout province. Get involved!

Right whale leaping from the ocean.

4. Travel the ocean responsibly

Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. Ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear have been identified or suspected in the deaths of North Atlantic right whales in recent years. 

Remember, small changes can make a big difference.

Get ready to get hungry as we whip up a seaside blueberry grunt! It’s Nova Scotia blueberry season after all, so why not celebrate with an incredible recipe? Who doesn’t love wild blueberries and fresh biscuits? Top it off with some vanilla ice cream and you get pure summer joy!

Ingredients

4 cups Nova Scotia wild blueberries
1 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄2 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 cupmilk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Pour blueberries into oven-safe deep-dish pie plate- add sugar & lemon juice
  3. Stir well, place dish in oven and bake berries uncovered. 10 to 15 minutes for fresh berries
  4. While the berries are in the oven, make the biscuits: in large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, sugar and salt to mix.
  5. Break butter into pieces with hands and add to flour mixture. Cut the butter into flour with a fork until butter and flour are combined in small crumbly pieces.
  6. Crack egg into a measuring cup and top with milk to 3⁄4 cup
  7. Mix egg and milk with a fork
  8. Add to flour mixture and blend with fork until combined — mix in any remaining dry bits with hands.
  9. Take hot blueberries out of oven – scoop biscuit dough with a 1⁄4 cup measuring cup and arrange
    on top of hot berries (approximately 11 biscuits)
  10. Carefully cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and return to oven
  11. Bake, covered, 15 minutes
  12. Remove dish from oven and carefully remove foil. Place dish back in oven and continue to bake, uncovered,  for 10 minutes or until biscuits are lightly golden
  13. Allow to cool 10 minutes or so —the longer the grunt sits, the more blueberry liquid the biscuits will soak up- delish!!
  14. Serve warm with ice cream

Adding on

Adding Whipped cream to your seaside blueberry grunt makes an excellent addition too (even if you’re already using ice cream)!

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Christine Campbell is Back!

Christine Campbell performs on May 4th at Oceanstone for Up Close & Coastal! We are so excited to have this amazing artist back in our midst! It’s going to be a night of great food, and excellent music as Christine Campbell performs hits from her latest album Roller Coaster. Roller Coaster offers a narrative of a small town Prince Edward Island girl who has become a powerful performer, known for her unapologetic mastery of guitar, piano and rock vocals.


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About Christine

Christine Campbell launched her second album, Roller Coaster, in March 2017. It is a true representation of diverse influences. Inspired by hard rock and 70’s rock, as well as roots and blues. Top-caliber artists like Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party have added their musical talent to her songs.

“I’m married to music. It is my life.”

As a musician dedicated to her craft, discerning fans are thrilled by Christine’s live shows. She offers a unique mix of old and new-original songs in each performance.  A bonus cover or two from her rock heroes and impressive jams and solos are also thrown in. Whether playing intimate acoustic shows with her wingman, Blake Johnston (formerly of The Stogies), or rockin’ out, fully electric with her five-piece band, Christine Campbell’s live performances always attract loyal fans.

Since her first self-titled solo project in 2013, Christine has gained a devoted following. With all the attention, she earned opening spots for Bob Seger, Steve Earle, Foreigner’s Lou Gramm, and Jann Arden. After a successful Indiegogo campaign in 2016, she was able to gather the resources and support necessary to produce this album and make it her proudest work to date. Read more about Christine on her website

About the Evening

You will be treated to a pre-show meet & greet with Christine during our cocktail hour. Then, we’ll be serving our mouth watering Oceanstone barbecue. While you digest, you can enjoy Chritine’s awesome sound.

TICKETS
$65.00 per person, and include show, meal, and meet & greet.

Strawberry Shortcake: A Great All-Occasions Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake is a time-tested classic. Though you may think of strawberries as a summer time treat, Strawberry shortcake is wonderful any time of year. Depending on your choice of base, it can either be a light and fluffy end to a meal, or a rich and decadent dessert. Paired well with just about any meal, you’ll be a fan in no time.

Ingredients:

4 ea                 Fresh Tea Biscuits

1 pt                 Fresh Strawberries

2 cups             Whipping Cream

4 TBSP            Icing Sugar

½ cup             Cranberry Juice

4 sprigs           Fresh Mint

Method:

  • Wash berries and remove green stem and leaf
  • Slice tea biscuits in half
  • Slice one half of the berries
  • In a blender combine the other half of berries, 1 TBSP of icing sugar and cranberry juice
  • Blend until smooth
  • Whip cream with remaining 3 TBSP of icing sugar to stiff peaks
  • Place bottom half of tea biscuit in a shallow bowl, top with sliced strawberries
  • Pour enough of the blended strawberry mixture over sliced berries to form puddle of sauce around biscuit
  • Top this layer with a dollop of whipped cream
  • Place top half of tea biscuit on whipped cream layer
  • Place a dot of whipped cream on top of biscuit
  • Finish with sprig of fresh mint

PRO TIP : As you can imagine, toppings and pairings can be varied with strawberry shortcake! Try adding a dash of strawberry liqueur, or perhaps a chocolate drizzle to your finished masterpiece. Many people also enjoy adding ice-cream to this classic recipe for a little extra richness. If you’re feeling fancy, why not try poundcake, or angel food cake instead of a tea biscuit?

We truly believe that you should have fun and experiment with your favourite desserts!

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One of our most asked for recipes- and its gluten free!

Espresso cake is a rich and delicious end to any meal. When you make it just right, these cakes are pure bites of heaven! Espresso cake is great when paired with berries or fruit for a little extra flavour. Alternatively, try accompanying them as you would your favourite specialty coffee.

If you have flavoured coffees, you can experiment with your Espresso Cake. You may be surprised at how versatile this recipe can be!

Ingredients:

Method:

  • Bring espresso, sugar, Kahlua and butter to a boil
  • Melt chocolate in double boiler
  • Add melted chocolate to espresso mixture and whisk until smooth
  • Beat eggs to blend
  • Wisk in eggs to chocolate mixture
  • In a prepared spring form pan bake at 350 for 1 hour
  • Garnish with edible flowers and fresh berries

PRO TIP : If you’ve never melted chocolate for desert before, you must take special care to make sure it doesn’t burn. Chocolate can burn easily in microwaves or on the stove top if you are not careful.

A double boiler helps a lot with this. If you do not own a double boiler, you can get the same effect using a heat-resistant bowl, and pot of the appropriate size. Bring water to a simmer on a medium low heat, and place your chocolate in a bowl that can cover the pot’s opening. Place the bowl on top of the pot while it simmers. Stir the chocolate until it has melted, and voilà! Rich, velvet smooth chocolate ready to be used in any desert!

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Looking for more deserts? Try our chocolate covered strawberries!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

made with love by Chef Steve

Chocolate covered strawberries are one of those treats that is easy to make, but OH so delicious. These chocolate covered strawberries make great no-hassle deserts for parties, and are the perfect finish to a romantic dinner date. The red of the strawberries with the darkness of the chocolate looks and presents well too! They’re also fun to experiment with by adding different accents or decorations. Try out many different flavour combinations and chocolates!

Ingredients:

• Large ripe strawberries, cleaned and dried

• Good quality Dark or milk chocolate (whatever your favorite is. We like to use LURE Chocolates at Oceanstone!)

• Wooden skewers (remove splinters first)

• Baking sheet and parchment paper.

Steps

  1. Melt chocolate in microwave (or double boiler but the microwave just as easy). Make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn by stirring midway.
  2. Skewer the strawberries from top to bottom.
  3. Roll each strawberry and cover it in the delicious hot, melted chocolate.
  4. Cover the baking sheet with parchment paper, and lay the strawberries on top to cool.

Don’t worry about a flat spot on the chocolate. Trust us: chocolate covered strawberries disappear pretty fast!

Eat when cool- or surprise someone you love!

PRO TIP :

You can add additional decorations if you’d like to give your work some extra flare. Try drizzling on some white chocolate for a sweet presentation, or adding a touch of sea-salt. Customize this easy recipe to your heart’s content! Bon Appetit!

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Valentine's Day chocolate covered strawberries

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